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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

BBC NEWS | Americas | Iraq abuse photos 'taken for fun'

BBC NEWS | Americas | Iraq abuse photos 'taken for fun': "Iraq abuse photos 'taken for fun'
A female US soldier told army investigators that photos of prisoners being abused in Iraq were taken 'for fun', a US military court has heard.
Private Lynndie England faces a number of charges, ranging from abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib jail, to having photos of them in humiliating poses.
The tribunal is to determine whether she should be court-martialled.
She could face up to 38 years in prison if convicted. Her lawyers say she was acting under orders from superiors.
The US officer in charge of the Abu Ghraib prison at the time of the abuse, Brig Gen Janis Karpinski, supported the allegation.
Pte England's face became familiar after she appeared in photographs pointing at prisoners' genitals and holding a naked Iraqi detainee on a leash.

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